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American Arts Issue

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10-cent Paul Laurence Dunbar single

The United States Postal Service honored three individuals from different artistic genres on postage stamps issued between February 10 and May 27, 1975.

The American painter Benjamin West (1738-1820) appeared on the first stamp released. The photogravure-printed stamp features a self-portrait of West. His influence was enormous, and the artists who studied in West's studio comprise a Who's Who of American painting.

The second stamp of the series features a portrait of American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), the first African-American to gain national recognition as a poet. During his short life, he wrote prolifically, producing short stories, novels, librettos, plays, songs, essays, and poetry.

The third stamp in the series honors movie producer David Wark Griffith (1875-1948), whom critics generally acknowledge as America's most influential and most prolific producer, with 485 films to his credit.

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Lynn Batdorf

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